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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 06-Apr-2020

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Smaller scale solutions needed for rapid progress towards emissions targets

Low-carbon technologies that are smaller scale, more affordable, and can be mass deployed are more likely to enable a faster transition to net-zero emissions, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis


Embargo expired on 02-Apr-2020 at 14:00 ET

Scientists develop “backpack” computers to track wild animals in hard-to-reach habitats

With new technology described today (April 2) in PLOS Biology, researchers are able to track tiny animals that divide their time between flying around in the sky and huddling together in caves and hollow trees – by attaching little backpacks to the...

– Ohio State University

PLOS Biology

Embargo expired on 02-Apr-2020 at 14:00 ET

Simple, Low-Cost Ventilator Builds on Available Resuscitation Bags

A simple, low-cost ventilator based on the resuscitation bags carried in ambulances – and widely available in hospitals – has been designed by an international team of university researchers. The device, which is powered by a 12-volt motor, could...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Embargo expired on 06-Apr-2020 at 09:00 ET

Device That Tracks Location of Nurses Repurposed to Record Patient Mobility

By repurposing badges originally designed to locate nurses and other hospital staff, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists say they can precisely monitor how patients in the hospital are walking outside of their rooms, a well-known indicator and contribu...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

JAMA Network Open

Mechanical Engineers Develop Tumor Model that More Closely Mimics the Body

In research recently published in Acta Biomaterialia, a team of mechanical engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrated a new technique for creating an in vitro model for studying tumors that is more complex and, therefore, closer to wh...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Acta Biomaterialia

Self-Monitoring Your Sense of Smell May Help Detect Coronavirus

Reduced sense of smell is an early COVID-19 symptom for some. Weizmann Institute olfactory system expert Prof. Noam Sobel has developed SmellTracker, an online test for monitoring our own sense of smell. SmellTracker may help diagnose the virus early...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Capturing 3D microstructures in real time

Argonne researchers have invented a machine-learning based algorithm for quantitatively characterizing material microstructure in three dimensions and in real time. This algorithm applies to most structural materials of interest to industry.

– Argonne National Laboratory

npj Computational Materials, Jan-2020

Some mobile phone apps may contain hidden behaviors that users never see

A team of cybersecurity researchers has discovered that a large number of cell phone applications contain hardcoded secrets allowing others to access private data or block content provided by users. The study’s findings: that the apps on mobile ...

– Ohio State University

2020 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

New electrically activated material could improve braille readers

Researchers now report an improved material that could take braille displays to the next level, allowing those who are blind or who have low vision to more easily understand text and images, while lowering cost.

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Chemical Society (ACS) SciMeetings

Artificial Intelligence Can Help Some Businesses But May Not Work For Others

The temptation for businesses to use artificial intelligence and other technology to improve performance, drive down labor costs, and better the bottom line is understandable. But before pursuing automation that could put the jobs of human employees ...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Journal of Service Management

On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products

If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs, that are too expensive to ship from Earth.

– University of California, Berkeley


AI as mediator: ‘Smart’ replies help humans communicate during pandemic

Daily life during a pandemic means social distancing and finding new ways to remotely connect with friends, family and co-workers. And as we communicate online and by text, artificial intelligence could play a role in keeping our conversations on tra...

– Cornell University

Computers in Human Behavior, May 2020

Features and Experts

HoloAnatomy goes remote, learning goes on during pandemic

For the first time, instead of working together on campus, all 185 first-year students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine are using Microsoft HoloLens and the university’s signature HoloAnatomy mixed-reality software, despi...

– Case Western Reserve University

Embargo expired on 06-Apr-2020 at 09:30 ET

Researchers work on early warning system for COVID-19

To better understand early signs of coronavirus and the virus' spread, physicians around the country and data scientists at UC San Diego are working together to use a wearable device to monitor more than 12,000 people, including thousands of healthca...

– University of California San Diego

Admissions supercharges virtual recruitment of Class of ’24

Shawn Felton, Cornell’s director of undergraduate admissions, said that many accepted students normally would be planning to visit Ithaca this month, quite a few of them setting foot on campus for the very first time and ultimately deciding whether...

– Cornell University

Story Tips: Molding matter atom by atom and seeing inside uranium particles

Story Tips: Molding matter atom by atom and seeing inside uranium particles, from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Carbon, Jan-2020

Environmental engineers study fabrics, materials for face covers

ROLLA, Mo. – The day before the federal government issued new recommendations that Americans wear cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology decided to test a few c...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

University of Kentucky Researchers Seek to Develop Antiviral Membrane Mask

University of Kentucky researcher Dibakar Bhattacharyya has the concept and the means to develop a medical face mask that would capture and deactivate the COVID-19 virus on contact.

– University of Kentucky

Johns Hopkins Engineers Developing 3D-printed Ventilator Splitter

In response to a pressing need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team led by Johns Hopkins University engineers is developing and prototyping a 3D-printed splitter that will allow a single ventilator to treat multiple...

– Johns Hopkins University

Engineers share designs for 3D printed ventilator adapters to help during coronavirus pandemic

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have made their designs for 3D printed ventilator adapters available to the public to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

‘CoronaCheck’ website combats spread of misinformation

Cornell researchers have developed an automated system that uses machine learning, data analysis and human feedback to automatically verify statistical claims about the new coronavirus.

– Cornell University

Fiber science and apparel design researchers work to improve protective gear

Cornell researchers in fiber science and apparel design are putting their knowledge and energies into keeping health care personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming patients themselves.

– Cornell University

Preparing for exascale: Eliminating disruptions on the path to sustainable fusion energy

With the world’s most powerful path-to-exascale supercomputing resources at their disposal, William Tang and colleagues are combining computer muscle and AI to eliminate disruption of fusion reactions in the production of sustainable clean energy. ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature, April-2019

Iowa State students 3D-printing face shields for Iowa hospitals

Hospitals are in desperate need of personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Iowa State University team, in partnership with Alliant Energy, has found a way to help by manufacturing and distributing face shields to Iowa hospitals...

– Iowa State University

Wichita State works with WPD to produce face shields for first responders

A relationship that started with friendship and drones is now helping produce face shields for first responders, a critical piece of equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Wichita State University

Radiology, Engineering investigating ways to help Mayo Clinic during COVID-19 response

A supply shortage of critical materials, such as ventilators, face shields and masks, is possible in the U.S. In response, several Mayo Clinic teams have reached out to colleagues to assess their current and expected needs. These teams also are deter...

– Mayo Clinic

Quick Pivot to Distance Learning Brings San Francisco Bay Area Leaders to Reimagined Darden Course

A recent highlight of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive MBA academic calendar has been the “Marketing Technology Products” elective delivered every spring in San Francisco. The Second Year course sponsored by the Batt...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

How to Leverage Virtual Technologies at a Time of Physical Distancing

Humanity is a social species — yet the coronavirus pandemic requires that we reduce physical contact. Here are actionable suggestions for effective interactions to help balance efficiency and connectedness, as modern technology helps us move our in...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Mucus and the coronavirus

University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Jessica R. Kramer has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to research how mucus, the slimy substance in human tissue, plays a role in spreading a coronavirus like COVID-1...

– University of Utah

WVU’s Statler College develops surgical mask extender template for public distribution

The mask extenders created by the Innovation Hub staff reduce the pressure behind the ears, affording the user an increased measure of comfort.

– West Virginia University

Get a Grip - Enhancing Hoist Rescue Gloves for Aerial Rescue

Rescue helicopter hoist operators wear gloves to protect the hand that guides the hoist cable during rescue descents and ascents.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Cornell Tech provides CS lessons for kids at home

Cornell Tech is creating virtual lessons and daily Twitter challenges to continue promoting computer science education for children in grades K-12, even as the world tackles unprecedented challenges.

– Cornell University

Rutgers Acute Care Surgeon Turns to Hobby for PPE Solutions

Joseph Hanna, an acute care surgeon at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has turned to his 3-D printing hobby to supply necessary eye and face shields for medical personnel using Ministry of Health–verified prototypes. He is now calling o...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Crowdsourcing app aims to fill gaps in coronavirus data

A recent Cornell Tech alumnus is applying his health tech skills to a crowdsourcing app that allows users to share their COVID status, to better inform individuals and health authorities.

– Cornell University

Ohio's Electric Cooperatives on how COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rural Ohio

Expert Available

– Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives

Mental Health Care Needed More Than Ever During COVID-19 Pandemic — Telehealth Can Help Make it Happen

Live video telehealth services are a critical component of the COVID-19 response. Offered by physicians, other clinicians and health-care organizations, telehealth provides a useful method for starting and continuing essential mental health treatment...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Mount Sinai Uses Remote Patient Monitoring to Rapidly Respond to COVID-19

A new remote monitoring platform developed by the Mount Sinai Health System is helping health care providers to care for COVID-19 patients who are recovering at home.

– Mount Sinai Health System

Free virtual COVID-19 training for health care workers offered by IUPUI-led program

Indiana University researchers and clinicians are helping the state's health care workforce respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free virtual training focused on issues related to the novel coronavirus.

– Indiana University

Mount Sinai Launches COVID-19 App to Track Spread of Virus Across New York City

STOP COVID NYC Seeks Participation to Understand Transmission and Enhance Medical Response

– Mount Sinai Health System

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Converting Anesthesia Machines to Ventilators for COVID-19

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Global pandemic serving as catalyst for technology to change how society functions in the future

– Virginia Tech

UB School of Management cybersecurity expert offers tips for teleworkers during coronavirus pandemic

– University at Buffalo

Cybersecurity considerations both for businesses and employees while working from home

– Tulane University

Surveillance for health: Safeguards needed as CDC turns to personal data

– Cornell University

Expert: How best practices from first responders can help you work through COVID-19 disruption

– University at Buffalo

A Rutgers expert shares how to communicate and work effectively within online teams

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Experts: Social distancing means work teams go virtual — 5 keys to success

– University at Buffalo

Dr. Wendy Paterson, Dean of the School of Education, is available to talk about a range of matters facing parents and educators during the Coronavirus pandemic.

– SUNY Buffalo State

Announcements and Events

Tulane offers special scholarships to returning Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright Student Grantees

Tulane University is announcing a special initiative to make graduate study more accessible to U.S. Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and Fulbright student grantees called back from international placements because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19...

– Tulane University

Argonne’s Paul Dickman honored with nuclear waste management achievement award

Paul Dickman has been named a Waste Management Symposium Fellow for 2020.

– Argonne National Laboratory

ResoluteAI Unveils Research Tool for Science-Driven Enterprises

ResoluteAI, the Connect to Discover™ company, today announced the launch of Nebula, its enterprise search solution for scientific organizations. Nebula tags and categorizes users' content, connecting their proprietary information to ResoluteAI's p...

– ResoluteAI

tellic gives scientists free access to AI tool that accelerates COVID-19 research

tellic, a technology startup based in New York, NY has been working for five years to develop an AI tool that surfaces actionable insights from biomedical research. Numerous biopharma currently use tellic graph as an AI-powered literature review tool...

– tellic





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